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The Westchester Childrens Museum

Construction of Westchester’s first Children’s Museum is now underway at the Rye Playland Bathhouses located on the boardwalk of the Long Island Sound. The museum will be a vibrant, interactive cultural institution for children and their families, a resource for schools, a welcoming environment for special needs children, and a means to build tourism in the County. Slated for soft openings in mid 2011, the museum is committed to broadening the knowledge of the arts, the environment, multiculturalism and the local and global communities in an educational and recreational atmosphere.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $15 million, and to date $7.5 million has been raised from contributions from over 2,200 people. Though the museum can open in phases, the ultimate goal is to raise an additional $7.5 million in cash and pledges to complete the entire exhibit plan.

In order to continue to build excitement for the project and raise additional funds, the museum is hosting two upcoming events. 


The Cocktails by the Sound Benefit will be an evening of celebration of the current transformation of the historic Playland Bathhouses, the site of the Westchester Children’s Museum.   Held just steps from the construction site the event will showcase the construction progress and will include site visits and a sneak peak at exhibit plans. Enjoy a cocktail reception, mini golf, and a live and silent auction. The price is $175 per person or $300 per couple and the event will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010, from 7pm – 10pm at the Rye Playland Boardwalk adjacent to the historic Bathhouses.

The fourth annual Explore-a-thon on will take place on Sunday June 13 from 9 am to noon. The event will be an interactive day of play, experimentation, and discovery for children and families. Families will enjoy “Exploration Stations” modeled after future museum exhibits.



The cost of the event is $75 per family and all proceeds will benefit the campaign for the Westchester Children’s Museum.

To register for both events, visit or call 914-421-5050.

Spring Arts Festival Schedule at SHS

The arts are in bloom this spring, as Scarsdale High School presents its third annual Spring Arts Festival. The festival, a three and one-half week celebration of the arts, includes musical performances, art exhibits, an international day and more.  Among the highlights of the festival are the following events:

April 17: AT Art Students Galleries open

April 25: Community International Fair

April 27: High School Band Concert, 8pm

April 29: All District Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble at Heathcote School, 7:30pm

May 4: High School Orchestra Concert, 8pm

May 7: High School Drama Club Revue Show, 8pm

May 11: High School Chorus Concert, 8pm

All events are at Scarsdale High School unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please contact Ann Fraser, president of Friends of Music and the Arts at the Schools, at FMA is a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports arts education and achievement in the Scarsdale schools.

Violinist Anca Nicolau to Perform at Hoff Barthelson

The Hoff-Barthelson Music School HB Artist Series is pleased to present violinist Anca Nicolau with guest artists, Edward Aaron, cellist, and pianist Bernard Rose on Sunday, April 18, 4 pm, at Scarsdale Community Baptist Church, Popham and Autenrieth Roads, Scarsdale.

Violinist Anca Nicolau was born in Bucharest and won her first competition there at the age of nine. Her international career includes performance on both modern and period instruments. Ms. Nicolau is presently a member of the Mozartean Players Piano Trio, the Loma Mar String Quartet, the Amati Piano Trio, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Drottningholm Theatre Ensemble. She often performs with the Axelrod String Quartet, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Four Nations Ensemble, the Bach Ensemble, Opera Lafayette, and the Handel and Haydn Society. She has recorded for EMI, Nonesuch, Decca, Musical Heritage and Sony Classical. Her touring and festival performances include Tanglewood, Caramoor, Spoleto, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

The program for the recital will feature Haydn’s Trio in E-Flat Major, Hoboken XV:22; Mozart’s Trio in E Major, KV 542; and Beethoven’s Trio, Opus 1 No. 1.

The Hoff-Barthelson Music School, one of Westchester County’s most cherished and active cultural resources, has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and outreach for more than half a century.

Admission to the concert is $15 general, $14 Friends of Hoff-Barthelson, $13 seniors, and free of charge for students. Reservations and information: 914-723-1169

Tom Chapin Saturday in White Plains

The Child Care Council of Westchester Inc., presents Tom Chapin in concert Saturday April 17 at 1 PM. The Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, and storyteller will give a concert at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains to support the Child Care Council's work to provide high-quality, accessible early care and education for children in Westchester.

Ticket Prices: Adult Regular Admission: $20, Adult Reserved Seating: $25, Child Regular Seating: $15, Child Reserved Seating: $20

For tickets or to become an event sponsor, go to or call 914-761-3456 ext 106

Archbishop Stepinac High School
950 Mamaroneck Road
White Plains, New York

Look Inside to Be Screened at the Burns Film Center

The Jacob Burns Film Center will premiere screen a film project created through a filmmaking program the JBFC offered at the Westchester County Jail, with the support of the Westchester County Government's Department of Correction and Southern Westchester BOCES. The film Look Inside, will have its premiere on Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00 pm.

This film was created by eight young men from the county jail through the BOCES Incarcerated Youth Program (IYP). The screening of the short film will be followed by a panel discussion with the student filmmakers, and JBFC and IYP staff. This program was not funded with taxpayer dollars.

The digital video project was piloted in the Westchester County Jail in the fall of 2008. “The program integrates core literacy skills with 21st century digital media tools to give students the opportunity for self-expression, communication, and skills to navigate today's workplace,” said JBFC Director of Education Programs Emily Keating. “We are very proud of the work produced by these students and we look forward to screening their work at the JBFC Theater.”

To view the promotional trailer, please visit

The class was integrated into the inmates’ full-day BOCES program, which includes literacy for nonreaders, high school academics, GED preparation, life skills, career development and computer skills – all intended to help them function more productively during incarceration and after release. Digital filmmaking programs are also offered at JBFC’s Media Arts Lab, a 21st century state-of-the-art media education center located down the street from the JBFC Theater in Pleasantville.

The students met for several hours a week over the course of eight weeks. They completed one collaborative 20-minute short documentary on the subject of looking “inside”, chronicling both the day-to-day life experiences of incarceration, and the students’ individual self-reflections. The students gained experience with digital video cameras, sound kits, conducting interviews, and editing with Final Cut Pro Express, the industry standard editing software.

The program was taught by JBFC Education Faculty members Sean Weiner and Mike Kraus, who also teach several programs at the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab. The program was originally developed in collaboration with Mike Kraus, curriculum designer, independent video journalism trainer and freelancer. He has developed several video journalism programs with students, including X Marks the Spot, a project for teenagers from an under-resourced community in England. He also worked as a video journalist for BBC.

The premiere will be held at the Jacob Burns Film Center Theater, 364 Manville Road in Pleasantville. The screening is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Alana Benoit at 914.773.7663, ext. 423 or